FYS: iDesign Studio

Report
CS at MHC:
empower and inspire
Audrey St. John
Computer Science Department
Mount Holyoke College
The Challenge
Girls Who Code
http://www.girlswhocode.com
The Challenge
Girls Who Code
http://www.girlswhocode.com
The Challenge
Girls Who Code
http://www.girlswhocode.com
At MHC
Mount Holyoke College
CS Majors & Minors (2000-2015)
35
30
minors
majors
25
10
20
5
2
2
7
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
0
11
14
13
6
5
2015
4
9
1
2014
8
2
20
2013
10
1
5
2012
14
2011
14
5
2010
1
5
1
4
2009
3
2008
5 10
3
2007
10 1
3
2006
5
15
Comparables: CRA Taulbee 1213
At MHC
Mount Holyoke College
CS Majors & Minors (2000-2015)
35
30
minors
majors
25
10
20
5
2
2
7
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
0
11
14
13
6
5
2015
4
9
1
2014
8
2
20
2013
10
1
5
2012
14
2011
14
5
2010
1
5
1
4
2009
3
2008
5 10
3
2007
10 1
3
2006
5
15
Comparables
O ACM NDC (non-doctoral-granting departments in computing)
O National: 6 female majors/year
O # majors (CS private): 27/year
O Female (CS private): <22%
O MHC: 15 female majors/year
O Averaged over ’13-’15
MHC has the same number of
women CS majors as UMass
How?
Empower and Inspire
O Create and highlight role models
O Thoughtful and effective mentoring
O Independent/research projects
O Tackle challenging material
O Innovative and active classrooms
Inside of the
classroom
Innovative and active classrooms:
difficult material can be accessible
CS 101 cupcake lab
Four College Biomath Frontiers
iDesign Studio:
a first-year seminar
O Elevator pitch
O Pitch document
O 6 week timeline
Nikita Khan ‘17, winner at Pitch3 competition
MusicTouch & SciTrends
Eva Snyder ‘17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature
=player_embedded&v=18Ux4XpjIJA#t=78
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=playe
r_detailpage&v=yZmeDCfcjLM#t=66
The Shy Chameleon
Meaghan Sullivan ‘17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=V1uZ4nFzirc&app=desktop
Outside of the
classroom
research/independent
projects
IHart: Interactive Hallways for
attraction and retention to technology
O Including:
O Virtual piano
O Virtual fireworks
O Kinect hokey pokey
O Floor maze
O Musical snowflakes
O Spring flowers
O Clapp 2nd floor
Robotics
CS + Math + Bio
Rittika Shamsuddin ‘12
Best Research Project
NEUCS ‘12
CS + Psychology
Shani Mensing ’15
Best Entrepreneurial Project
NEUCS ‘14
MHC CS Club
Five College GameJam
NCWIT-funded
mentoring program
to begin Fall ‘14
MakerJam
Since September…
Georgina Tolgos '14
winner of Photoshop
O Y-hack at Yale (~20 of
1000+)
Contest
at Y-hack
(1000+
O WeCode at Harvard (25
of hackers)
250)
O Biggest group)
O 6 of 11 Hackathon submissions
O Placed in top 3
O Google Anita Borg Memorial
Scholarship to Mina Khan ‘15
O HackUMass
Hack UMass (last weekend)
O 120 participants
O 9 women
O 7 MHC
O MHC won awards (3 of 4)
O Most Innovative (4 MHC)
O Most Beneficial to Humanity (1 MHC)
O Most Viable Business Potential (2 MHC)
HackUMass:
Most Innovative
Beyond MHC
Graduate school
O Stanford, UW, CMU, Cornell,
Brown, UMass, …
O CS, Comp Bio & Medicine,
biomechanics and
neuroscience, …
Industry and internships
O Microsoft, google,
amazon, NASA, startups, …
O Project management,
startups, software
engineering, …
CS at MHC
empower ~ inspire ~ impact

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